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Food as Medicine | Michael Greger, M.D. | TEDxSedona

February 22, 2020


Translator: Steven Litrov
Reviewer: Lalla Khadija Tigha On a personal note, this is a picture of me
taken around the time that my grandmother was diagnosed with end-stage heart
disease and sent home to die. She already had so many bypass surgeries, basically run out of plumbing, confined to a wheel chair,
crushing chest pain. Her life was over at age 65. But then she heard about
this guy, Nathan Pritikin, one of our early
lifestyle medicine pioneers, and what happened next is actually
detailed in Pritikin’s biography. My grandma was one
of the “death’s door” people. Frances Greger, my grandmother,
arrived in a wheel chair. Mrs. Greger had heart disease,
angina, claudication. Her condition is so bad, she could no longer walk
without great pain in her chest and legs. Within three weeks, though, she was not only out of her wheel chair, she was walking 10 miles a day! Here’s a picture of my grandma
at her grandson’s wedding, 15 years after doctors
abandoned her to die. She was given a medical death sentence
at age 65, but thanks to a healthy diet, She was able to enjoy another 31 years on
this planet until age 96 — (Applause) to enjoy her six grand kids including me. That’s why I went into medicine. (Laughter) Years later, when Dr. Dean Ornish published
his landmark lifestyle heart trial, proving with something called
quantitative angiography, that indeed heart disease could
be reversed, arteries opened up, without drugs, without surgery, just a plant-based diet
and lifestyle program, I assumed this was going
to be the game changer. My family had seen it with their own eyes,
but here it was in black and white, published in some of the most prestigious
medical journals in the world, yet nothing happened. I said, “wait a second.” If effectively the cure
to our number one killer could get lost
down some rabbit hole and ignored, what else might there be in the medical
literature that could help my patients, but just didn’t have a corporate
budget driving its promotion? Well, I made it
my life’s mission to find out. For those who are not familiar
with my work, every year I read through every issue of every English language
nutrition journal in the world so busy folks like you don’t have to. (Laughter) I then compile the most interesting,
ground breaking, and practical findings in new videos and articles I upload daily
to my nonprofit site, NutritionFacts.org. Everything on the website is free. There are no ads
and no corporate sponsorships. Strictly non-commercial.
Not selling anything. Just put it up as a public
service, as a labor of love, as a tribute to my grandmother. New videos and articles every day on
the latest in evidence-based nutrition. What a concept! So where did Pritikin
get his evidence from? A network of missionary hospitals
set up throughout sub-Saharan Africa uncovered what may be one of the
most important medical advance — according to one of our best
medical figures of the last century, Dr. Dennis Burkit — the fact that many of our major
and commonest diseases were universally rare, like heart disease. In the African population of Uganda,
for example, coronary heart disease
was almost non-existent. Wait a second,
our number one killer almost non-existent? What were they eating? (Laughter) Well, they’re eating
lots of vegetables and grains and greens, and their protein almost
entirely from plant sources, and they had the cholesterol
levels to prove it, very similar to what one sees
in kind of a modern day plant eater. You say, “Wait a second.” Maybe they were just dying early, never
lived long enough to get heart disease. No. Here’s age-matched heart attack
rates in Uganda versus St. Louis. Out of 632 autopsies in Uganda,
only one myocardial infarction. Out of 632 age and gender matched
autopsies in Missouri, 136 myocardial infarctions — more than 100 times
the rate of our leading killer. They were so blown away, went back,
did another 800 autopsies in Uganda. Still just that one small healed infarct;
it wasn’t even the cause of death. Out of 1,427 patients, less than 1/1,000, whereas here our disease is an epidemic. Atherosclerosis, hardening of arteries,
is a disease that begins in childhood. By age 10, nearly all the kids raised
on the standard American diet already have fatty streaks
building up inside of their arteries — the first stage of the disease. These streaks then
turn into plaques in our 20s, get worse in our 30s,
an then can start killing us off. In the heart, it’s called a heart attack; in the brain, the same disease
can cause a stroke. So if there’s anyone here today
older than age 10 — (Laughter) then the question isn’t whether or not
to eat healthy to prevent heart disease; it’s whether you want to reverse
the heart disease you likely already have, whether you know it or not. But is that even possible? When researchers took people
with heart disease, put them on the plant-based diet eaten by populations
that didn’t get epidemic heart disease, their hope was that we could
slow the disease down a bit, maybe even stop it. But instead something miraculous happened. As soon as people stopped
eating artery-clogging diets, their bodies were able to dissolve
some of the plaque away, opening arteries, only without drugs,
without surgery, suggesting the bodies
wanted to be healthy all along, but weren’t never given the chance. That remarkable improvement in blood
flow to the heart muscle itself was after just three weeks
of plant-based nutrition. The human body is a self-healing machine, unless you’re sticking it
with a fork three times a day. Now sure, you can use moderation
and hit yourself with a smaller hammer — (Laughter) but why beat yourself up at all? This is nothing new. American Heart Journal, 1977,
cases like Mr. F.W. here. His heart disease was so bad, that he couldn’t even
make it to the mail box. He started eating healthier,
and a few months later, he was climbing mountains, with no pain. All right? (Laughter) Now there are these fancy new classes
of anti-angina drugs on the market now. They cost thousands of dollars a year, but at the highest dose, may be able
to extend exercise duration as long as 33.5 seconds. (Laughter) It doesn’t look like those
choosing the drugs are going to be climbing
mountains anytime soon. (Laughter) Plant-based diets aren’t just
safer and cheaper. They can work better since you’re treating
the underlying cause of the disease. Normally I’d go on to cancer and talk
about the other 15 leading causes of death, talk about how diet may playing a role
in preventing, arresting, and reversing each of our top 15 killers, but
what more do you need to know? There’s only one diet ever been proven
to reverse heart disease in the majority of patients:
a plant-based diet. So any time someone tries to sell you
on some new diet, do me a favor, Ask them one simple question. “Has this diet been proven
to reverse heart disease, the number one reason
me and my loved ones will die?” I mean, if the answer is, “No,”
why would you even consider it? If that’s all a plant-based diet could do, reverse the number one killer
of men and women, shouldn’t that kind of be default
diet until proven otherwise? The fact it can also be useful
to prevent, arrest, and reverse other top killers like
type II diabetes and hypertension would seem to make the case for
plant-based eating simply overwhelming. Most deaths in the United States
are preventable and related to nutrition. According to the Global Burden
of Disease study, the largest study of human
disease risk factors in history, funded by the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the number one cause of death in
these United States: it’s our diet. The number one cause of disability
in the United States: it’s our diet. Now bumping tobacco smoking to number two, cigarettes now only kill about a half
a million Americans every year, whereas our diet kills hundreds
of thousands more. So if most deaths are preventable,
related to nutrition, then obviously nutrition
is the number one thing taught in medical school, right? (Laughter) I mean, I mean, obviously
it’s the number one thing your doctor talks to you about
every single visit, right? How could there be this disconnect between the science
and the practice of medicine? Let’s do a thought experiment. Imagine yourself a smoker
back in the 1950s. (Laughter) Back in the 1950s the average
per capita cigarette consumption was 4,000 cigarettes a year, meaning the average person walking around
smoked half a pack a day, on average. The media was telling people to smoke. Famous athletes agreed, even Santa Claus
wanted you to smoke. (Laughter) I mean, look. You want to keep fit and stay slender? So, make sure to smoke
and eat lots of hot dogs to stay trim, and lots of sugar to stay slim and trim. A lot better than that apple there.
I mean, sheesh, right? “Though apples do connote
goodness and freshness,” reads one internal tobacco industry memo, bringing up “many possibilities
for youth-oriented cigarettes.” They wanted to make apple-flavored
cigarettes for kids. Shameless. “For digestion’s sake, you smoke.” No curative powers
claimed by Philip Morris, but hey, better to be safe
than sorry and smoke. “Blow in her face and she’ll
follow you anywhere!” (Laughter) “No woman ever says no.” They’re “so round, so firm,
so fully packed.” (Laughter) After all, John Wayne smoked them
until he got lung cancer and died. You know, back then
even the paleo folks were smoking. (Laughter) And so were the doctors. Now this is not to say there wasn’t
controversy within the medical profession. Sure, you know, some doctors smoked
Camels, but others preferred Lucky’s, so there was a little disagreement there. The leader of the US Senate agreed, who would want
to give their throat a break? “Not a single case of throat irritation.” How could there be when “cigarettes
are just as pure as the water you drink.” Maybe up in Flint, Michigan. (Laughter) But don’t worry, if you do get irritated, your doctor can just write you
a prescription for cigarettes. This is in the Journal
of the American Medical Association. So when the AMA is saying smoking,
on balance, is good for you; when the American Medical
Association is saying that, where could you turn back then
if you just wanted the facts? What’s the new data advanced by science? Well, she was too tired for fun,
and “then she smoked a Camel.” (Laughter) Babe Ruth spoke of proof-positive
medical science, that is when he still could speak
before he died of throat cancer. You know, if by some miracle back then
there was a SmokingFacts.org website that could deliver the science directly, bypassing commercially
corruptible institutional filters, you would have known of studies like this. This is an Adventist study
out of California and published in 1958, showing that non-smokers had at least 90%
less lung cancer than smokers, right? But this wasn’t the first. When famed surgeon Michael DeBakey
was asked why studies back in the ’30s linking lung cancer and
smoking were simply ignored, he had to remind people
what it was like back then. We were a smoking society.
It was everywhere. It was in the movies, airplanes; medical meetings
were one heavy haze of smoke. Smoking was, in a word, normal. OK. So back to our thought experiment. If you’re a smoker in the ’50s
in the know, what do you do? I mean with access to the science, you realize the best available
balance of evidence suggests your smoking habit—
not so good for you. So do you change or do you wait? If you wait until your doc says, between
puffs, to quit, you’d have cancer by then. If you wait until the powers
that be officially recognize it, like the Surgeon General did in the
subsequent decade, you’d be dead by then. It took more than 7,000 studies
and the deaths of countless smokers before the first Surgeon General’s report
against smoking came out. You’d think maybe after
the first 6,000 studies, could give people
a little heads up or something? Powerful industry. Maybe we should have stopped
smoking after the 700th study, like this. As a smoker in the ’50s, one on hand,
you had society, the government, the medical profession itself
telling you to smoke. And on the other hand,
all you had was the science, if you’re even aware of studies like this. All right, let’s fast forward 55 years. There’s a new
Adventist study out of California warning Americans about something else
they may be putting in their mouths. Of course, it’s not just one study;
put all the studies together. The mortality from all causes together,
many of our dreaded diseases, significantly lower among those eating
more plant-based diets. So, instead of someone going along
with America’s smoking habits in the ’50s, imagine you or someone you know going
along with America’s eating habits today. What would you do? With access to the science, you realize
the best available balance of evidence suggests your eating habits
are not so good. So do you change, or do you wait? If you wait until your doctor tells you,
between bites, to change, it’ll be too late. In fact even after
the Surgeon General’s report came out, the American Medical Association
went on record refusing to endorse it. Why? Could it have been because they
were just handed the $10 million check from the tobacco industry?
Maybe. (Laughter) We know why the tobacco
industry was sucking up, why the AMA was sucking up
to the tobacco industry, but why weren’t more and more
individual doctors speaking up? There were a few gallant souls
ahead of their time, speaking up against
industries killing millions, but why not more? Maybe it’s because the majority
of physicians themselves smoked cigarettes. Just like most physicians
today continue to eat foods that are contributing to our
epidemics of dietary disease. What was the AMA’s rallying cry back then? Everything in moderation. Extensive scientific studies have proven
smoking in moderation, oh, that’s fine. Sound familiar? The food industry used
the same tobacco industry tactics, twisting the science, misinformation. The same scientists were hired, paid to downplay the risks
of cigarettes and toxic chemicals, are the same paid for by the
National Confectioners Association to downplay the risks of candy, and the same paid for by the meat
industry to downplay the risks of meat, whereas animal foods and processed foods, you’re killing off at least
14 million people every year. So those of us involved in this kind
of evidence-based nutrition revolution, we’re talking about 14 million lives
in the balance. Maybe, plant-based nutrition should be considered as the nutritional
equivalent of quitting smoking, but how long do we have to wait before the CDC says don’t wait
for open heart surgery; to start eating healthier as well. Until the system changes, we need to take personal responsibility
for our health, for our family’s health. We can’t wait until society
catches up to the science again because it’s a matter of life and death. A few years ago Dr. Kim Williams became President
of the American College of Cardiology. He was asked in an interview why he follows the same diet he recommends
to all of his patients, a strictly plant-based diet. “I don’t mind dying,”
Dr. Williams replied. “I just don’t want it to be my own fault.” (Laughter) Thank you. (Applause)

100 Comments

  • Reply GraceWithoutTears March 28, 2019 at 12:35 am

    I believe the day will come when foods like Oreos, cakes, muffins, etc. will have to be labeled as “harmful to your health”. It took a long time for the cancer warning to end up on cigarette packaging.

  • Reply Jenn S April 4, 2019 at 1:21 am

    He's just the best!!!!

  • Reply Adam Fiore April 4, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    It doesn’t only reverse CVD it reverse diabetes and cancer,,, they’re all truly just a form of metabolic dis-ease. My mother reversed diabetes with forks over knives and I’m 40lbs lighter than my YouTube pic (187 6’”3 BMI 23). 🌱 and my mom is back to her 20 year old wedding weight of 125 Esketit

  • Reply Dey Cross April 10, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Fuckin A I'm screwed….. going vegan was easy af. Smoked cigs over 15yrs and ate meat and dairy for over 30. Vegan for over a year now and still committing suicide with cigs.

  • Reply Linda Crosson April 13, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Dr. Greger is so amazing! My husband and I switched to a whole food plant based diet a year and a half ago and have reversed/improved many health conditions. I am off my thyroid medication which I was told would never happen. The medical Dr's need to be educated about this from day one in medical school.

  • Reply AheadoftheHerd April 22, 2019 at 10:07 am

    This guy brings a lot of personality and humor to his talk, LOVE IT!!!

  • Reply Tom Ace April 23, 2019 at 2:35 am

    This guys isn’t even a practicing physician. He doesn’t treat any patients. That’s curious

  • Reply monchichiyoshi April 24, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    I see so many things in our society where people are following the outdated recipes. Humans are generally creatures of habits. If you can create a habit and sell that to people you will become a very rich person. Dairy products are habit forming and also meat industry, tobacco, pharmaceuticals. Anything that makes you repeat the action (take tablet three times a day) creates an addiction to this habit being a part of your life.

  • Reply Parnian May 3, 2019 at 3:53 am

    What a fine fine man! So much admiration and salute to you Dr Greger! 🙌🏼

  • Reply Kamala Specht May 12, 2019 at 2:28 am

    Dr. Greger's How Not To Die is the BEST health book EVER.  Thank you.

  • Reply Lee Lemon May 15, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I’m at risk for cancer due to carcinogenic exposure during my military service. I wanted to know what lifestyle things I could do to make any difference, even just slowing tumor growth (especially after having tumors surgically removed). That’s how I found Dr. Gregor’s work. I’m happy to say that I’ve had nothing special pop up during my yearly cancer/tumor checks, and being able to have all the research handy helps me feel some level of comfort should I be in that situation again. Some people tell me that it is “extreme” to be plant-based but I think chemo and surgery are more extreme…perhaps it’s time to remove everything completely, though. Moderation isn’t key, it seems

  • Reply tuna sandwich May 23, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    I love this man

  • Reply Nathan Peterson May 26, 2019 at 3:21 am

    You are awesome

  • Reply Lois Bowers June 5, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Science versus human stupidity what do you choose???

  • Reply ProductHuman June 5, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    ofc what u provide is free, only that u way u can attract ppl.

  • Reply Lana Golubeva Karlen June 9, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Thank you so much, it was very informative and helpful

  • Reply S Wil June 21, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Love the delivery! Excellent!

  • Reply For Peace June 25, 2019 at 5:35 am

    Yes food as medicine

  • Reply Feld Effekt July 3, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    When it was medical science that once promoted smoking cigaretts, what does it mean when they now tell you that the "saturated fats" cause heart deseases followed by "meat" causes cancer?

  • Reply Mon Jarudet July 10, 2019 at 10:48 am

    It is what I have been finding someone who strongly says plant based diet is the best for human being. Thank you very much for all research you have been reviewing and have done for everyone.

  • Reply Wade Patton July 13, 2019 at 2:45 am

    We are globally manipulated by the soulless corporate entities who appear to be running things now.

  • Reply Wade Patton July 13, 2019 at 2:46 am

    Dr. G here was my inspiration to change-4 years ago and there's just NO going back.

  • Reply Rodney Paterson July 14, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    I did that now I am doing Joel Furhnam and dr Michael Klapper, fasting and practicing the mindful way through depression, mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindal Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, I have researched sunlight everything. I now have a notebook for quick reference, It is titled longevity. my goal, I was 118kg Nov 16, 2018, cataracts dementia thyroid dysfunction statins clopidogrel heart regulator blood pressure med liver and kidney damage from Losec, so once again full-blown oesophageal reflux. the first day on Furhnam's end of heart disease diet no reflux, one weak, plummeting blood pressure, third weak no meds, doctors u must take medication or u will die I had an extensive eco cardiogram 1:05 long heart rate resting 60, not 90 pulse steady. I will be notified when the doctor has results. born Dec 10, 1950, Goal to be 30yrs younger than my chronological age, so at 70 I would live to 100, I plan to continue research,It maybe 105 110, science evolves that is why I go for the cutting edge, epigenetics, best anti-cancer foods foods that give you energy foods that help one sleep. I love science I am vigalent in avioding cofermation bias. fads etc scammers like big pharma, quick-fix solutions.

  • Reply Soy pusher July 17, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Just a couple of small points of interest. Dr Greger is about 45 at the time of this talk and the Uganda diet seems to include fish, meat & eggs 🤔

  • Reply Jeanne Amato July 20, 2019 at 1:59 am

    This man should get the Nobel Peace Prize. Health= Peace

  • Reply Osprey Flyer July 22, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Thank You Dr. Greger! I use your Daily Dozen nutrition app every day. Your app and videos have improved my life. After numerous serious health problems, I can now walk 10 miles without a break, push mow my lawn, significantly reduced my chronic pain, have total control of my weight, and feel so much better.

  • Reply Nectarios Petropoulos July 22, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Excellent delivery. Well said

  • Reply Mary Hazell July 27, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    ? What is your on eating nuts, seeds, and grains.

  • Reply Kerry Branford August 1, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    My favorite Jerry Seinfeld impersonator

  • Reply Louis Browne August 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    What's more accurate than, "food as medicine" would be "man positioning his brother".We know foods tampered my man make us sick yet, foods untouched by man are hard to find or cost a bomb. Lets put an end to the madness of poisoning ourselves and corrupt pharmaceuticals keeping us sick. Check out someone willing to put an end to this craziness Marianne Williamson (2020)
    😀

  • Reply Joseph McLean August 3, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    His presentations via stage or video have got so much better, quicker and with more confidence have grown and become so much better. I've loved watching this man for a few years now. Such an inspiration and an oracle of nutrional information.

  • Reply michy 45 August 6, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Awww lovely encouraging Doc x

  • Reply Crisis Management August 9, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Ask the Doc, where he gets his Omega 3,6,7,9 Essential Fatty Acids from…

  • Reply M Morales August 9, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    The omega ratio and b12 are important however Dr. Gregor does not want to admit that cholesterol does not cause heart disease. The medical profession has misinterpreted the data for years and now that the truth is coming out they refuse to let go. Excessive Carbs and Sugar and the resulting imbalance in the gut are the real problem. Whether you eat meat or you are a vegetarian, if you eat too much carbs and sugar you will have an equally high rate of heart disease and diabetes. I think everybody should eat less meat, however, don’t kid yourself, even if you are a vegan, if you continue to eat large amounts of carbs and sugars you will be in no better place and then if you ate meat.

  • Reply Rafael Jonathan Monterroso Cárcamo August 11, 2019 at 12:42 am

    God bless you doctor Greger!!!

  • Reply Kevin Debilov August 12, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks to advice from Dr Greger, my blood pressure is optimal, without meds, after 20 years of hypertension My cholesterol is also normal again.

  • Reply H Browning August 14, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Now what was behind door number 3?

  • Reply T. W. August 18, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Einer der besten Ärzte die es gibt ! Nicht so eigennützig und hochnäsig, wie die meisten Schulmediziner, die nur an ihren Profit denken und nicht wirklich an der Gesundheit der Patienten interessiert sind.

  • Reply Bibiana Carmen September 3, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Food which is impossible for man to make it is medicinal food for eg 🍒 🍉 🥝 🍋

  • Reply TB1M1 September 3, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    There is only one problem with this presentation. You don't need to be vegan to get health benefits. But you do need to be complex carbohydrate based.

  • Reply chiyerano September 4, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    I wish this got more views.

  • Reply Daniel Whyte September 6, 2019 at 10:32 am

    For his age, Dr Gregor looks horrendous. I don’t think his diet is doing him any favours.!

  • Reply warren green September 7, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Vascular disease, being the number 1 cause of death, in North America, and also being a totally preventable condition, maybe we should forget about cancer for a while, and get rid of cardiovascular disease, first?

  • Reply Francis Mausley September 13, 2019 at 2:57 am

    Kudos to Dr Greger. "Medical science is only in its infancy, yet it has shown that our natural diet is that which grows out of the ground. The people will gradually develop up to the condition of this natural food." ~ Bahai Faith

  • Reply Iguana CGI September 16, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Greger = Good Alien 😉

  • Reply Carol Cunningham September 17, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Can nutrition suppress shingles virus? Does Dr Greger recommend Shingrix vaccine? I suffer from recurring bouts of ocular herpes despite avoiding all foods high in arginine.

  • Reply Alexander Castle September 18, 2019 at 1:49 am

    neone noticed palo funded ending lol money even in ted talk,, surprised ted talk allowed dis video,, go vegan before 2030Climate or we all die united nations

  • Reply Diana L September 19, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    This is a Beyond, Awesome, Video, thank you for sharing it, sincerely, Diana Lipski 💕

  • Reply Hendra Prasetya September 20, 2019 at 7:05 am

    Vegan doctor? Piece of junk
    I was vegan 4 years, the worst period of my life !

  • Reply Michelle Tracey September 25, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    this guys voice cracks me up

  • Reply David Levy September 26, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I had no idea about his Grandmother’s story. How touching and how his work makes so much sense now. Love that guy.

  • Reply Jevhenij Horvat September 27, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Walking corpse. He does not even know what he talks about. Pure brainwashing.

  • Reply Carla R October 5, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Food has always been medicine…love this site! I never pay attention to mainstream medicine I know better…thanks for putting this wonderfully valuable information to those who really care about their health..keep up the great work!!!

  • Reply Mary M October 5, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Corporate greed ahead of societal health. Some things just don't change.

  • Reply Tanya Nevskaya October 13, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    >NOTE FROM TED: Please do not look to this talk for medical advice. The speaker makes strong assertions about a specific diet that lack sufficient scientific evidence for general prescription.

    >Dr Greger presents a study after a study after a study…

    First time seeing a note like that on a talk about health and lifestyle and it's under a video of the only person I've seen presenting not meaningless charts, but lots of abstracts from scientific papers.

  • Reply Tanthien Nguyen October 16, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Thanks & Thinking….I still Younger not alot of Experience of lifestyle….

  • Reply Tanthien Nguyen October 16, 2019 at 12:53 am

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  • Reply Tanthien Nguyen October 16, 2019 at 12:54 am

    1. Week my body clean….

  • Reply milena deltorto October 20, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Dr Gregor
    Is there any truth to taking saffron for eyesight?

  • Reply Steve Bracken October 25, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Keto incorporates veggies into a diet that has been proven to eliminate diabetes risk

  • Reply Steve Bracken October 25, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    John Wayne died from radiation caused cancer because of being exposed to atomic blasts while filming near the test site

  • Reply Steve Bracken October 25, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    This is about the glycogen based diet. The ketone based diet has eliminated these effects

  • Reply National Geographic memes October 27, 2019 at 1:31 am

    I do not want be healthy u old man I want to eat cans all day

  • Reply Tameri01 October 29, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you Dr. Greger!

  • Reply cuteblackberry1 October 31, 2019 at 4:39 am

    From London Brixton, doctor Greger, I stop taking pills and gained health. Saving lives. Much love doctor

  • Reply TravelDuo November 1, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Amazing!

  • Reply JMAC LIVES November 2, 2019 at 5:13 am

    I'd like to hear more diet tips from this frail, sick man.

    Is he in remission?

  • Reply G M November 7, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Yet they called Dr Sebi a “quack” smh

  • Reply Daniel Semmelrock November 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    What is that first sentence in the video description? Why Ted?

  • Reply Josip November 9, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Dr. Greger reminds me of Lester from GTA V. he is a cool guy tough.

  • Reply Scott Higgins November 11, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Check out Shawn Baker

  • Reply Lynn Proctor November 11, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Is it me, or do some of these people who are talking about a plant based diet talk like every word is part of the same sentence? They talk so fast, so machine-gun blurry, running one word into another, that I cannot even understand what they are saying. I am not hard of hearing, either. I am so sorry that I am missing most of what this man is saying, because he is either so caught up in himself and making his presentation absolutely stunning to capture his audience, or this is just the way he talks to his patients all the time, which is unimaginable. Good public speakers learn to enunciate their words, talk at a normal pace for everyone, and use inflections appropriately to emphasize what they are saying. They pause between ideas. This jumble of stuff makes me so mad, because too many people are losing much of what he is saying. Good communication keeps the listener in mind, which he obviously is not. Maybe he's appealing to a younger crowd who likes speech at the speed of light. I don't know. I'm just sorry I had to stop listening after a couple of minutes.

  • Reply WellBe by Adrienne Nolan-Smith getwellbe November 12, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Food really IS medicine– healthy foods have medicinal properties! 🎉 So important to aim for (and it's okay to not always do so!) organic, GMO-free and clean foods. when you eat conventionally grown foods, you’re also ingesting toxins (including pesticides) added to them in the production process, or from environmental pollution. Many of these toxins cause an invader-fighting response from your white blood cells, which contributes to inflammation! Also, given that your gut microbiome impacts everything from your immune system to your skin to your brain function to your digestion, and even your mood and mental health, it’s so important to eat foods that are beneficial for it. 🙏

  • Reply williamswhistlepipes November 24, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Brilliant man

  • Reply wt carpenter November 30, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Edward Bernays a relative Of Freud.His work in advertising
    Esp Selling cigarettes to women. Check up on wiki
    Much of his work was used by intelligence agencies .and Faux news

  • Reply Don ivers December 2, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Hello what food help kill the cells of cancer????

  • Reply Siouxanne Buehrer December 7, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    RIP Dr. Gregor…

  • Reply Courtnay Power December 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    The concept is so simple but I love how dr Greger explains it

  • Reply Tom December 14, 2019 at 5:34 am

    I love this guy

  • Reply Gazza-in-the-usa December 19, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Dr Michael Greger is like The Lord of the Rings. One Ring to rule them all !! … One set of nutritional guides to rule them all !! But he's more like Gandalf !!! 😀

  • Reply OneRingToRuleThemAll December 22, 2019 at 9:51 am

    What if it is not about the meat but about the other factors like eating processed food, moving etc.

  • Reply Clutch Cargo December 24, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Love this MD's enthusiasm !

  • Reply philosophical monk December 31, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Veganism cures, meat prevents, there is a huge difference!!

  • Reply MY GAMING ZONE January 2, 2020 at 4:54 am

    Hail dr greger

  • Reply NYC Entrepreneur January 4, 2020 at 3:48 am

    The world is blind to the truth…dairy industry and meat industry working that PR machinery such that they cant see the light.

  • Reply MIchael C January 4, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Real info for real people!

  • Reply San Val January 9, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Dear TED: If there is something this Man does is,
    Study Evidence
    And encourage people to make an informed decision (based on Evidence)
    on what they choose to eat. I’m guessing you like meat and dairy and there is nothing wrong in choosing. I just find it so odd that as open minded as you seem to be, you’re undermining a Man that speaks truth, based on studies and is even willing to correct himself if newer evidence is presented. Either way, I thank you because thanks to a TED talk, I found Dr. Greger

  • Reply Kyle Hampton January 10, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    My biggest question is are all these studies comparing a WHOLE FOOD plant based diet to a processed SAD diet ? What about in comparison to a whole food paleo diet based on hunted/grass fed meats or home grown pasture raised eggs ?

  • Reply Chelsea R. January 28, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    So cinematic

  • Reply Jeffrey Dean January 30, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    this man is chaos…. and quite hard to listen to…. Everything he says goes a human appropriate diet, christ veggies as you know them didn't exist in the form they do until the last 100-50 years depending… soy is not tested its new…. and he is suggesting whole plant foods meaning nothing processed, though without enrichment and supplementation you will get sick

  • Reply faraazfk January 31, 2020 at 2:22 am

    His videos are titled about food and then he always ends up talking about smoking.

  • Reply Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? January 31, 2020 at 4:41 am

    My life totally and completely changed when I changed from a typical American diet to a Pesco Vegetarian diet. I am now changing to a 100% Vegan diet. On my Pesco Vegetarian diet, I ELIMINATED 3 medications…THREE. My weight and BMI is fantastic. I have chronic pain w/ortho and neuro causes, but, they are much better since I switched in 2013

  • Reply Carolyn Brown January 31, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Love The Greger!💚

  • Reply K. M. Virginia February 3, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Great presentation by a great presentator? You know what I mean, right? I have also checked out your web site doc and will be looking at it more in the future. Seems like plant based no smoking life style is the way to go to recover from bad choices. Thanks doc. Kev

  • Reply bangroad February 5, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Total BS

  • Reply Iwalokun Ronke February 9, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    I want to start a plaint based diet. Eating fish a week is it okay

  • Reply Maropene Motuku February 12, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    8:54 Did he say that the study was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation? If so then Bill Gates needs to lead by example and go vegan because the last time I read an article about him where he said that he loves eating a certain fast-food chain's hamburgers.

  • Reply timotije rezime February 15, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    He loocks like a skeleton.. Almost anorexic hope he surrvive

  • Reply Sandor Kocso February 19, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    speaking is not a performance art
    dr Greger: hold my flax

  • Reply Blaine Roberts February 19, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    What a ridiculous note from TED at the beginning of this video.

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